Shereen El Feki: Pop culture in the Arab world

TEDGlobal 2009

Shereen El Feki: Pop culture in the Arab world

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Shereen El Feki shows how some Arab cultures are borrowing trademarks of Western pop culture -- music videos, comics, even Barbie -- and adding a culturally appropriate twist. The hybridized media shows how two civilizations, rather than dividing, can dovetail.

Thulasiraj Ravilla: How low-cost eye care can be world-class

TEDIndia 2009

Thulasiraj Ravilla: How low-cost eye care can be world-class

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India's revolutionary Aravind Eye Care System has given sight to millions. Thulasiraj Ravilla looks at the ingenious approach that drives its treatment costs down and quality up, and why its methods should trigger a re-think of all human services.

Marc Pachter: The art of the interview

EG 2008

Marc Pachter: The art of the interview

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Marc Pachter has conducted live interviews with some of the most intriguing characters in recent American history as part of a remarkable series created for the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. He reveals the secret to a great interview and shares extraordinary stories of talking with Steve Martin, Clare Booth Luce and more.

Rory  Bremner: A one-man world summit

TEDGlobal 2009

Rory Bremner: A one-man world summit

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Scottish funnyman Rory Bremner convenes a historic council on the TEDGlobal stage -- as he lampoons Gordon Brown, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and a cast of other world leaders with his hilarious impressions and biting commentary. See if you can catch a few sharp TED in-jokes.

Scott Kim: The art of puzzles

EG 2008

Scott Kim: The art of puzzles

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At the 2008 EG conference, famed puzzle designer Scott Kim takes us inside the puzzle-maker's frame of mind. Sampling his career's work, he introduces a few of the most popular types, and shares the fascinations that inspired some of his best.

Sunitha Krishnan: The fight against sex slavery

TEDIndia 2009

Sunitha Krishnan: The fight against sex slavery

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Sunitha Krishnan has dedicated her life to rescuing women and children from sex slavery, a multimilion-dollar global market. In this courageous talk, she tells three powerful stories, as well as her own, and calls for a more humane approach to helping these young victims rebuild their lives.

Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting

TEDIndia 2009

Anupam Mishra: The ancient ingenuity of water harvesting

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With wisdom and wit, Anupam Mishra talks about the amazing feats of engineering built centuries ago by the people of India's Golden Desert to harvest water. These ancient aqueducts and stepwells are still used today -- and are often superior to modern water megaprojects.

Andrea Ghez: The hunt for a supermassive black hole

TEDGlobal 2009

Andrea Ghez: The hunt for a supermassive black hole

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With new data from the Keck telescopes, Andrea Ghez shows how state-of-the-art adaptive optics are helping astronomers understand our universe's most mysterious objects: black holes. She shares evidence that a supermassive black hole may be lurking at the center of the Milky Way.

Gordon Brown: Global ethic vs. national interest

TEDGlobal 2009

Gordon Brown: Global ethic vs. national interest

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Can the interests of an individual nation be reconciled with humanity's greater good? Can a patriotic, nationally elected politician really give people in other countries equal consideration? Following his TEDTalk calling for a global ethic, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown fields questions from TED Curator Chris Anderson.

Magnus Larsson: Turning dunes into architecture

TEDGlobal 2009

Magnus Larsson: Turning dunes into architecture

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Architecture student Magnus Larsson details his bold plan to transform the harsh Sahara desert using bacteria and a surprising construction material: the sand itself.

Rob Hopkins: Transition to a world without oil

TEDGlobal 2009

Rob Hopkins: Transition to a world without oil

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Rob Hopkins reminds us that the oil our world depends on is steadily running out. He proposes a unique solution to this problem -- the Transition response, where we prepare ourselves for life without oil and sacrifice our luxuries to build systems and communities that are completely independent of fossil fuels.

Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when

TEDIndia 2009

Hans Rosling: Asia's rise -- how and when

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Hans Rosling was a young guest student in India when he first realized that Asia had all the capacities to reclaim its place as the world's dominant economic force. At TEDIndia, he graphs global economic growth since 1858 and predicts the exact date that India and China will outstrip the US.

Tom Wujec: Learn to use the 13th-century astrolabe

TEDGlobal 2009

Tom Wujec: Learn to use the 13th-century astrolabe

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Rather than demo another new technology, Tom Wujec reaches back to one of our earliest but most ingenious devices -- the astrolabe. With thousands of uses, from telling time to mapping the night sky, this old tech reminds us that the ancient can be as brilliant as the brand-new.

Mathieu Lehanneur: Science-inspired design

TEDGlobal 2009

Mathieu Lehanneur: Science-inspired design

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Naming science as his chief inspiration, Mathieu Lehanneur shows a selection of his ingenious designs -- an interactive noise-neutralizing ball, an antibiotic course in one layered pill, asthma treatment that reminds kids to take it, a living air filter, a living-room fish farm and more.

Shashi Tharoor: Why nations should pursue soft power

TEDIndia 2009

Shashi Tharoor: Why nations should pursue soft power

1,498,738 views


India is fast becoming a superpower, says Shashi Tharoor -- not just through trade and politics, but through "soft" power, its ability to share its culture with the world through food, music, technology, Bollywood. He argues that in the long run it's not the size of the army that matters as much as a country's ability to influence the world's hearts and minds.

Mallika Sarabhai: Dance to change the world

TEDIndia 2009

Mallika Sarabhai: Dance to change the world

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At TEDIndia, Mallika Sarabhai, a dancer/actor/politician, tells a transformative story in dance -- and argues that the arts may be the most powerful way to effect change, whether political, social or personal.

Devdutt Pattanaik: East vs. West -- the myths that mystify

TEDIndia 2009

Devdutt Pattanaik: East vs. West -- the myths that mystify

1,736,820 views


Devdutt Pattanaik takes an eye-opening look at the myths of India and of the West -- and shows how these two fundamentally different sets of beliefs about God, death and heaven help us consistently misunderstand one another.

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

TEDIndia 2009

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology

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At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data -- including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop." In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he'll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.

Cynthia Schneider: The surprising spread of Idol TV

TEDGlobal 2009

Cynthia Schneider: The surprising spread of Idol TV

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Cynthia Schneider looks at two international "American Idol"-style shows -- one in Afghanistan, and one in the United Arab Emirates -- and shows the surprising effect that these reality-TV competitions are creating in their societies.

Edward Burtynsky: Photographing the landscape of oil

TEDGlobal 2009

Edward Burtynsky: Photographing the landscape of oil

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In stunning large-format photographs, Edward Burtynsky follows the path of oil through modern society, from wellhead to pipeline to car engine -- and then beyond to the projected peak-oil endgame.

Rachel Pike: The science behind a climate headline

TEDGlobal 2009

Rachel Pike: The science behind a climate headline

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In 4 minutes, atmospheric chemist Rachel Pike provides a glimpse of the massive scientific effort behind the bold headlines on climate change, with her team -- one of thousands who contributed -- taking a risky flight over the rainforest in pursuit of data on a key molecule.

Cameron Sinclair: The refugees of boom-and-bust

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Cameron Sinclair: The refugees of boom-and-bust

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At TEDGlobal U, Cameron Sinclair shows the unreported cost of real estate megaprojects gone bust: thousands of migrant construction laborers left stranded and penniless. To his fellow architects, he says there is only one ethical response.

Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet enables intimacy

TEDGlobal 2009

Stefana Broadbent: How the Internet enables intimacy

1,222,540 views


We worry that IM, texting, Facebook are spoiling human intimacy, but Stefana Broadbent's research shows how communication tech is capable of cultivating deeper relationships, bringing love across barriers like distance and workplace rules.

Robert Wright: The evolution of compassion

TEDSalon 2009 Compassion

Robert Wright: The evolution of compassion

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Robert Wright uses evolutionary biology and game theory to explain why we appreciate the Golden Rule ("Do unto others..."), why we sometimes ignore it and why there’s hope that, in the near future, we might all have the compassion to follow it.

Robert Thurman: Expanding your circle of compassion

Chautauqua Institution

Robert Thurman: Expanding your circle of compassion

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It's hard to always show compassion -- even to the people we love, but Robert Thurman asks that we develop compassion for our enemies. He prescribes a seven-step meditation exercise to extend compassion beyond our inner circle.

Feisal Abdul Rauf: Lose your ego, find your compassion

TEDSalon 2009 Compassion

Feisal Abdul Rauf: Lose your ego, find your compassion

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Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf combines the teachings of the Qur'an, the stories of Rumi, and the examples of Muhammad and Jesus, to demonstrate that only one obstacle stands between each of us and absolute compassion -- ourselves.

James Forbes: Compassion at the dinner table

Chautauqua Institution

James Forbes: Compassion at the dinner table

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Join Rev. James Forbes at the dinner table of his Southern childhood, where his mother and father taught him what compassion really means day to day -- sharing with those who need love.

Dayananda Saraswati: The profound journey of compassion

Chautauqua Institution

Dayananda Saraswati: The profound journey of compassion

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Swami Dayananda Saraswati unravels the parallel paths of personal development and attaining true compassion. He walks us through each step of self-realization, from helpless infancy to the fearless act of caring for others.

Jackie Tabick: The balancing act of compassion

TEDSalon 2009 Compassion

Jackie Tabick: The balancing act of compassion

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While we all agree that compassion is a great idea, Rabbi Tabick acknowledges there are challenges to its execution. She explains how a careful balance of compassion and justice allows us to do good deeds, and keep our sanity.